Education Intern – Oakland Museum of California


The Oakland Museum of California strives to provide innovative learning opportunities to students of diverse backgrounds and areas of study that are interested in working with a multidisciplinary museum that puts visitors and community at the center of our work.

The Oakland Museum of California values are fundamental to our institutional culture and guide our work together.

Excellence: We are committed to excellence and working at the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.

Community: We believe everyone should feel welcome and part of our community, both within the Museum and with our visitors and neighbors.

Innovation: We embrace innovation and calculated risk-taking to achieve our mission.

Commitment: Our work at the Museum demonstrates a sense of purpose and a shared accountability for the institution’s success.


Position Description:

OMCA’s school and community programs are a vital part of the museum. The Learning Initiatives Intern will participate in implementing summer programming, supporting development of resources for the docent tours, curriculum development, educational program planning, and/or development of educational tools to assist visitors in making connections to the exhibitions.



Educational Objective:  

​Through​ ​this​ ​internship​ ​we​ ​will​ ​​provide​ ​learning​ ​opportunities​ ​and​ ​hands-on experience​ ​in​ ​the​ ​areas​ ​of​ ​museum program development and implementation. The​ ​intern​ ​will​ ​gain​ ​additional​ ​knowledge​ ​related​ ​to​ ​communications and public programs​, ​and​ ​have​ ​the opportunity​ ​to​ ​work​ ​with​ ​families, volunteers and education programming​ ​staff.


Under the close supervision of Learning Initiatives/Education staff, the intern will learn about and gain direct experience in:

  • Assisting with program implementation, including supporting educators in teaching and leading program activities across disciplines and media
  • Assisting with preparing program supplies and spaces for summer programs
  • Conducting research that supports program development, culturally relevant teaching practices, and audience development



  • A passion for OMCA’s mission and engagement with low-income and communities of color
  • The ideal candidate is a current student in Education, Ethnic Studies, Museum Studies, Art History, Anthropology, or a related field with work experience in an education, environmental, cultural or community arts setting
  • Knowledge of and/or interest in informal education practices including curriculum writing, lesson planning, and critical pedagogy (useful but not required)
  • Excellent interpersonal communication
  • Experience working with children and/or customer service
  • Multidisciplinary interest in California Art, History, and Natural Sciences
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize in a fast-paced environment while meeting deadlines
  • Familiarity​ ​with​ ​​MS​ ​Office​, ​Google​ ​Suite
  • Must be self-motivated and able to take initiative on projects.
  • At least 18 years of age


Work Environment and Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently exposed to the following:

  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds
  • Highly physical activities such as outdoor games, traveling via public transportation, managing groups of young children



  • Paid hourly rate
  • Free one year annual membership including cafe and store discounts
  • Cultural Connections Membership
  • American Alliance of Museums Membership


We are happy to work with your educational institution to provide credit for this internship.



The Oakland Museum of California is dedicated to diversity, inclusion, accessibility and equity. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ability/disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We highly encourage our diverse community to apply for available employment, internship, fellowship and volunteer positions at the Museum, as we aim to ensure our staff reflects the diversity of our visitors and surrounding community.

For more information and to apply:

Editorial: Museum Symposium Presents Opportunity to Evaluate Western Canon at Oberlin, Broader Academia

Kate Fishman and Katie Lucey, the arts editors for The Oberlin Review, reflect on the necessity increased representation of underrepresented artists and curators and the need for academic courses outside of the Western-based cannon of art. This reflection comes in the wake of the Allen Memorial Art’s recent “Creating Space: Curating Black Art Now” symposium. (The Oberlin Review)

Image above by Claire Wang

AAMD Announces Partner Museums in Internship Program for Underrepresented College Students

In July 2018, the Association for Art Museum Directors announced the launch of a pilot internship program to “engage undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds and nurture their career opportunities in the art museum field.”

Interested museums involved in AAMD were asked to submit proposals to host interns through this pilot program.

In November 2018, AAMD announced the list of participating institutions:  the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Anchorage Museum, the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Chazen Museum of Art, the McNay Art Museum, the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Missoula Art Museum, the Montclair Art Museum, the Portland Art Museum, the San José Museum of Art, and Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art. (ARTFORUM)

2019 CAA Annual Conference Assistant – Deadline to Apply Extended

Join us as a conference assistant in 2019! CAA encourages students, emerging professionals, and others in the New York City area to apply, particularly those with strengths in hospitality and technology.

CAA employs assistants throughout the conference from Wednesday, February 13 to Saturday, February 16. Assistants provide essential support to ensure a successful conference: welcoming participants and attendees, helping answer questions and monitor activities, plus troubleshooting problems that may arise.

Deadline: January 13, 2018

Role Description:
Assistants ensure that session rooms and other venues are prepared prior to the start time, help participants, assist with AV, and communicate with on-site AV technicians as needed. Assistants also monitor session rooms, conference badge, and ticket adherence, record attendance numbers, and help prepare for the next session or event.
Assistants working in the registration area direct attendees to check-in areas, answer questions about conference, CAA membership, the CAA 2019 app, and support CAA staff.

Successful applicants will be friendly, communicative problem solvers who are comfortable in a customer service role, able to navigate crowds quickly as well as being patient and flexible in a busy environment.
Experience with projectors and both MAC and PC laptops is essential. Familiarity with New York City and the subway is preferred.

Employment details:
Assistants are paid $12 per hour and receive complimentary full-conference registration. Assistants are required to work a minimum of 20 hours (or a maximum of 32 hours) over the four days of the conference. Attendance at a one-hour (paid) training meeting Tuesday night, February 12, 2019, is required.

Candidates must be US citizens or permanent US residents and able to fill out a W-9 employment form.

For more information: Scroll down to “Work at the Conference” for more information.

To apply:


Spelman awarded grant from the Walton Family Foundation to increase diversity in museum field

Spelman College has announced that it has received a $5.4 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation to establish the Atlanta University Center Collective for the Study of Art History and Curatorial Studies. In conjunction with Walton Family Foundation grants to fund scholarships at Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University, the new initiative will result in the creation of an Art History major and Curatorial Studies minor at the Atlanta University Center.

The goal of the package of grants is to foster innovation and create an educational pipeline into art museum leadership that is more representative of our nation’s increasing diversity. The initiative will position the Atlanta University Center as a leading incubator of African-American museum professionals in the United States.

Read the full press release here.

CAA Announces Campus Ambassador Program

Students have always been vital to CAA. Our student membership, which is nearly one quarter of our entire membership, has always been vocal, engaged, and eager. This fall we are looking to our students to help carry CAA into the future with the launch of the CAA Ambassador Program.

CAA is seeking Ambassadors in the New York, Boston, and Chicago areas to represent CAA and give short talks about the organization to their fellow classmates and students in nearby schools. The six selected Ambassadors will be compensated for each talk and given a complimentary CAA Annual Conference registration and one-year CAA membership at the student level. Ambassadors will collect feedback at their talks and have check-ins with CAA staff leading the project. Continue reading “CAA Announces Campus Ambassador Program”

RAAMP Seeks Paid Project Intern

Job Description

Resources for Academic Art Museum Professionals (RAAMP) Project Intern

CAA (formerly the College Art Association)
50 Broadway, 21st Floor

New York, NY 10004

Date posted: August 20, 2018

Position Title: Resources for Academic Art Museum Professionals (RAAMP) Project Intern

Supervisor: Grants and Special Programs Manager

This is a paid, part-time position, non-benefited, with a schedule of twenty hours per week for an initial period of up to three months with the possibility of extension. Compensation commensurate with experience. Continue reading “RAAMP Seeks Paid Project Intern”